Welcome to the Mossau Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Mossau surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Mossau genealogy.
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I. The Mossau Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mossau family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mossau brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mossau Ancestors
II. Mossau Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Mossau ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Mossau births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mossau
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mossau records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mossau family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Mossau Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Mossau surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Mossau DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Mossau relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Mossau research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Mossau Family History
There is more to exploring your Mossau ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How can I decipher the handwriting in old Mossau documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Mossau Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Mossau queries.
You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Mossau ancestors.
VII. Mossau Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Mossau Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mossau, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Mossau Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mossau family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Mossau reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Mossau genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 10/Mar/2014.
If you host the Mossau blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.